Hidden in Paris comes out in Spanish language, and I just opened a box full of sample paperbacks. The book looks great! I love how each country has its own take on the title and the cover. The Spanish title translates as 'a room in paris' and the covers shows the window of the original cover (including the geraniums) but from the inside, and looking out to a beautiful parisian Haussmanian building.
Because it was published by Penguin Random House Grupo, the novel will be available in the Spanish language in: drumroll: España, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, México, Uruguay, Perú, Portugal, and Estados Unidos (never heard of that last one). And I'm pretty amazed that Aurora Echevarría Perez translated it to Spanish, she who translated Donna Tart's Goldfinch and Alice Munro. I'm afraid to ask: did she make Una Habitación en París much better than the original? I'll do a giveaway soon. My spanish is oxidado but one of you will be able to tell me. Or maybe DON'T.
Okay, enough with the insufferable boast. Thank you Penguin Random House Grupo for having faith in my book, and thank you to my agent Renata for everything!
I don't know what did it for me. Enchanted April? Or was it Under the Tuscan Sun ? (I think both those film/books were inspirations for Hidden in Paris) Or does it have something to do with that dangerous Italian boy I dated for three years? The point is, I've always wanted to learn to speak Italian. Once a year I pick up a set of audio tapes at the library and work at feverishly for a few weeks. And then life gets in the way.
It's a fantasy that many share to be able to speak Italian, with Italians, in Italy. To me it would not hurt if this happened in April and in Tuscany. (George Clooney was part of my fantasy but now that he's married I lost interest.) So imagine my dismay when after all those years, when I am only able to butcher a few words, my characters are overnight fluent in Italian!
2015 is when the good news of 2014 come to life. I'm so excited that Hidden in Paris will be available in the Italian language. My publisher Sperling Kupfer has just made the announcement so I guess it's official. RICOMINCIARE A PARIGI is real :)
Kristin Espinasse is the author of several books set in Provence. She is also the writer behind the great blog French Word a Day where she gives you a mot du jour and crafts a charming story around it.
Enter to win a copy of this book automatically by telling me about the best meal you remember eating right here.
As of this moment there are about 180 comments on her blog requesting my book. My own blog has been sleepy lately (okay, don't blame the blog; I've been lazy working on my novel.) so I hope I can get a few requests here. All you need to do to get a chance to win a copy of First French Essais is leave a comment below and tell me about the best best meal you ever had. In a restaurant, at home, at someone's house you decide. I can't wait to hear about great meals (it's lunch time here, let the torture begin!) and pick a winner at random.
I plan on doing more giveaways in the future. They're just awesome, they make everyone happy, and they're a chance for me to rekindle with my blog and blogging friends.
PS: thank you for all your comments. The giveaway is closed and a winner was picked at random. For some reasons many of you entered by leaving a comment on the post before this one (the one favorite Paris eating places.) That's fine, you disobedient you :) I entered your names too.
I've been meaning to do this for a long time, so here it is, Ta-dah! My list of Parisian eating places.
(rooftop restaurant above the Printempts)
This is a mis-mosh (spelling?) of restaurants. Some are expensive, some are affordable, some are 'guingettes' where people sing French songs, or cafés with fabulous terraces, or rooftop bistros with sweeping Paris views. Some are all about the food, others are about the ambiance. Most have both. I've thrown in some smackalicious pastry shops for good measure because you never know when you might find yourself with an emergency need for ‘chouquettes’.
Reservations to Paris restaurants are a very good idea. I provided the website or a link to a review so that you could find the hours of operation. Keep in mind that many Parisian restaurants are closed on arbitrary days. Some of the best ones close on Saturday AND Sunday which blows the mind when you think about it. In the summer some are closed for an entire month. So call early.
If you want to add to the list or disagree with my choice send me an email or comment below because things change and I want to keep this up to date as much as possible. (The images are taken from the restaurants website unless indicated.)
I'm just realizing that I have no addresses for some arrondissements. So just assume that in those areas of Paris 'on ne mange pas'. Or better yet, I welcome your suggestions.
This post was brought to you by Anthem Blue cross and the hours and days I spent on the phone, on hold, or being disconnected as I was attempting to sort out my health insurance claims. Collecting this list seemed a productive alternative to smashing my head against my desk.
That moment when you see a deceptively simple painting of flowers, fall in love, yap: 'I can SO do this!' for the world to hear, take out your crumbling acrylic paint tubes from ten years ago (date of your last delusion), your brushes with receding hairlines, dust up a bona fide blank canvas (see aforementioned delusion) and after 4 hours find out that: no you cannot.
Here is the dream, Carrie Schmitt. I'll leave it to the pros from now on.